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Augusta City of Power Plant Operator Trainee in Augusta, Kansas

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Power Plant Operator Trainee

Augusta, KS (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Augusta+KS+67010) • Public Utilities - Electric Production

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Under general direction, performs skilled level of work in the operation of fossil fueled engines, electric generators and all associated equipment. Performs engine bidding to the SPP market; serves as plant operator in charge of his shift, or on relief duty (once applicable). Supplemental work includes building and fabricating equipment and resources for use throughout the city and providing mechanical support of the city fleet. Creativity and innovation encouraged.


+ Performs custodial and grounds maintenance, provides plant security, answers phones and dispatches crews for the electrical department.

+ Performs startup and shutdown of dual fueled engines, generators and ancillary equipment.

+ Takes periodic readings and logs data, acknowledges system alarms, monitors equipment metering and gauges and takes corrective action when necessary.

+ Checks all rotating equipment for proper temperatures, oil levels, vibration, and fluid leakage and takes hourly equipment readings, lubricates and cleans rotating equipment as required.

+ Operates computers and communications equipment for dispatching and logging purposes, operates electric SCADA system.

+ Performs basic plant maintenance, groundskeeping, equipment maintenance, janitorial work, and record keeping.

+ Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other employees, supervisors and the public.

+ Performs other duties as assigned.


+ Participates in both internal and external committees as assigned.

+ Develops recommendations for improvements in efficiency and effectiveness.

+ Attends monthly safety meetings.

+ Abides by all standards, conduct and policies, as stated in Employee Handbook.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.



Education, Licensure, or Certification

+ High School Diploma or GED preferred.

+ Kansas Class A CDL with air brakes required within three months.

+ Eligi bility to participate in an approved apprentice program required.

Experience, Specialized Knowledge, and Other Requirements

+ Ability to read, write, speak, and comprehend the English language.

+ Knowledge of the principals of plant operations involving thermal, chemical, mechanical and electric characteristics of the overall plant cycle.

+ Ability to operate a wide variety of power tools, hand tools, grounds keeping equipment, and specialized tools and equipment.

+ Basic computer skills.

+ Basic math skills.

+ Safe driving practices and knowledge of state and local laws pertaining to the operation of motor vehicles on streets, roads and highways.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – With or without accommodations


+ Has ability to perform physical activities that require considerable use of arms and legs and moving the whole body, such as sitting, standing, walking, bending, climbing, twisting, squatting, reaching overhead, grasping, lifting, balancing, kneeling, pushing, pulling and handling of objects; is on feet most of shift.

+ Has the ability of frequently lifting up to 75 pounds, occasionally 100 pounds with assistance.

+ Has normal eyesight and depth perception, with or without correction. Ability to see and read instructions, meters, gauges, and